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Climate Music Blowout conference set for London on 17 October

Music Declares Emergency is the UK-based campaign aiming to help the music industry play a part in tackling the climate emergency. Now it has announced plans for a one-day conference in London on 17 October,

Climate Blowout, with industry executives and artists “imagining a greener music industry”. The opening address will come from Mike Smith, global president of Downtown Music, and also a trustee of Earth Percent.

That’s the organisation launched earlier this year to encourage artists and music companies to commit a small percentage of their revenues to a fund that will support climate projects. Further panelists will be announced soon, and there will be performances in the evening from a range of artists too.

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Ninja Tune MD on the climate emergency: ‘We need to step up’

Peter Quicke isn’t just the managing director of independent label Ninja Tune and chair of British indies body AIM. He’s also a co-founder of Music Declares Emergency, the working group set up last year to drive the music industry’s response to the climate emergency.

At AIM’s London conference this week, AIM Connected, Quicke addressed what he sees as the central question underpinning this: “What can music do to fix the climate crisis?”

Quicke had recently returned from a meeting in Brussels with Frans Timmermans, the European Commission’s executive vice president, who’s leading the EC’s work on the European Green Deal and its commitments to reduce emissions.

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Music Declares Emergency campaign gets an Impala award

Too often, still, the climate emergency is seen by even-senior politicians as an opportunity for puerile stunts of political point-scoring – and this at a time when researchers are warning that the planet may already have crossed a series of climate ‘tipping points’, where certain impacts of global heating take on a momentum of their own.

In Music Ally’s domain, though, what has been encouraging in 2019 has been the music industry’s growing engagement with the climate emergency. One of the latest examples being an organisation in the UK called Music Declares Emergency, which has today been given independent body Impala’s ‘Outstanding Contribution’ award.

“This movement seizes the power of the music sector to take action and inspire change. It is important to join forces and to encourage collective action for climate,” said Impala’s executive chair Helen Smith, encouraging artists and music-industry bodies to sign the movement’s declaration, which was first announced in July this year. Among its promises: “We acknowledge the environmental impact of music industry practices and commit to taking urgent action.”